Bill believes the port should be…

The Port has been entrenched in doing the same business the same way for years. We need a port that is looking toward the future and INNOVATIVE new businesses that ensure a vibrant, healthy economy for our children and their children.
Thurston County values being INCLUSIVE and embracing a broad perspective of views. We need a Port that will welcome community input, listen to and accommodate community concerns, and invite all stakeholders to participate in the discussions about Port decisions.
The Port has a duty to the public to comport itself with values that reflect Thurston County. Making decisions ethically represents our community. The Port needs to be open and honest with its public and in its business practices. We need Commissioners who will be ETHICAL.


In Washington, ports were created as public entities with elected officials. This makes the ports accountable to the public and to the voters who chose them. It also means the public should have a say in what businesses the ports engage in.

As taxpayers and citizens, the ports belong to us. Ports have a unique opportunity to drive the economy for their counties. They do that by developing forward-looking businesses with input from the community. Ports should make their decisions in full view of the voting public and with accountability to taxpayers.

Given its location, the Port of Olympia has multiple partners it should be working with, in addition to the public—the City of Olympia, the Squaxin Island and Nisqually tribes, state departments and agencies, local law enforcement and other first responders, to name a few.

To successfully accomplish its mission, the Port of Olympia must value these relationships.